Category: CULTURE & CRITICISM

George Carlin – Political Correctness is fascism pretending to be Manners

Endorsed by powerful liberal opinion shapers, PC has reached idiotic levels and is now muffling speech instead of liberating expression. It is also a temperamental question that favors social cowardice instead of courageous confrontation with the all-enveloping evil, and itsREAD ON

PATRIOTISM

Any attempt to articulate an appropriate object of patriotic love and loyalty falls apart quickly. When I make this argument, I am often told that I simply don’t understand, that patriotism is as much about feeling as it is aboutREAD ON

Beyond Inauthentic Opposition

Another part of the answer to the question of why I might try to make myself vote for a Democratic presidential candidate in a contested state also has nothing to do with what W.E.B. DuBois called “the game of lesserREAD ON

Fava Beans, Chianti, and Gordon Gekko  

The U.S. Empire is drunk on consumption, addicted to international theft and bullying through war, regime change, bribery, assassination, false flag events, and economic sanctions.  The militarism of Empire exists through the creation of imaginary threats and fabricated enemies.  Islam, Isis,READ ON

Fathers, Sons, and Blood Sacrifices

I am not suggesting that women are immune from the urge for bloody war and sacrifice. History teaches otherwise.  And we have some recent stellar examples, led by Hillary Clinton and her ilk, to whom I offer my humble apologiesREAD ON

Five American Pastimes, Six Dark Ironies: Reflections on Alexandria

A third irony is that Hodgkinson’s act seems almost calculated to generate sympathy for a party, the arch-plutocratic Republicans, that Noam Chomsky has called “the most dangerous organization in human history.” No love for the dismal, neoliberal, dollar-drenched, imperial, andREAD ON

Reality of North Korean Missiles vs. the Mythology of Missile Defense

The reality of anti-missile defense, whether called anti-ballistic missiles, “Star Wars,” or today’s National Missile Defense is—in Yogi Berra’s ironic words—a continuing story of “deja vu all over again.”  For the past sixty years, an alliance of weapons laboratories and defenseREAD ON